SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES


BRAD BEAUBIEN

Brad Beaubien is a certified urban planner currently serving as Director of Ball State's College of Architecture and Planning Indianapolis Center where he manages community outreach projects and the Center's Master of Urban Design degree program.  His work is the recipient of several awards, including a Digital Education Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Education, a Cultural Vision Award from NUVO Newsweekly, and a Hoosier Planning Award and National Planning Award from the American Planning Association. 

He holds a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Ball State University.  His graduate thesis, Community Festivals and Social Capital, explored the role small town community festivals had in fostering the development of heterogeneous social capital.  His current interests include neighborhood renewal, downtown revitalization, urban design, design communication, and emergency management/disaster planning.

Beaubien serves as the Secretary for the Board of Directors and Chair of the Public Safety Committee of the King Park Area Development Corporation, as well as serving on the Indianapolis Quality of Life Planning Advisory Council, the Southeast Neighborhood Development Corporation Public Space Committee and the East 10th Street Civic Association Design Committee.


ROGER BORGENICHT

Roger Borgenicht is Director of ASSIST Inc, a nonprofit Community Design Center in Salt Lake City founded in 1969, that provides architectural design, community planning and development assistance to nonprofit and community organizations, and housing and accessibility design assistance to low income households or persons with disabilities.

Roger began working on community design issues while working for Skidmore Owings & Merrill on an urban freeway project in Baltimore that sought to reduce the impact on inner city neighborhoods and saved the inner harbor of Chesapeake Bay from a 12 lane bridge over historic waters. More recently, he is founder of the Future Moves Coalition and is co-Chair of Utahns for Better Transportation.

In the 1970's  Roger ran his own design/build practice and was author of The Elsie Street Plan, a citizens' development plan and was co-founder and Director of the Bernal Heights Community Foundation a neighborhood based community development corporation in San Francisco. Roger is co-author of The ASSIST Guidebook to the Accessible Home: Practical Designs for Home Modifications and New Construction and works with organizations around the nation to promote practical solutions for accessibility needs in existing homes and how to easily add a range of safety and access features in new homes.

Roger has a B.A. in Urban Studies/Anthropology from Columbia University, and did graduate work in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.


TIMOTHY BORICH

Timothy Borich, PhD. is the Associate Dean, College of Design, and director of Extension to Communities and Economic Development at Iowa State University. He administers and coordinates Iowa State University outreach efforts in community development and economic development as well as promoting and coordinating research, outreach, and Extension and distance education for the College of Design. His research interests include community economic development; rural sociology and development; multi-community collaboration, citizen participation and planning, and regional asset mapping.


BRENT BROWN

Brent A. Brown is a Dallas architect working daily to balance social, economic, and environmental issues by deploying design to enhance livability for all Dallas’ residents. Through his efforts Dallas is re-visioning how it lives, works and plays. In 2005, Mr. Brown founded the buildingcommunity WORKSHOP (bcWORKSHOP), a local non-profit community design resource seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. He is also the Founding Director of the City of Dallas’ CityDesign Studio stewarding the urban design vision for the city. By engaging residents, landowners, business owners, investors and community stakeholders, Brent deploys a community-led planning method building shared vision for the city’s future.  Winner of numerous local and national design awards, he was the recipient this past fall of the Dallas Historical Society Award for Excellence in Humanities for his sensitive work in reconciling and balancing future growth with the interests of existing communities. Brent resides with his family in downtown Dallas.

Mr. Brown’s approach to improving livability includes utilizing renewable energy as a solution to health in communities. In 2010, Brent represented the southwest region as part of the President’s Forum on Clean Energy and Public Health at the White House and is an active member of the US Green Building Council. Brent earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from Texas A & M University where he later taught design.


STEVE CANCIEN

Steve Rasmussen Cancian leads Shared Spaces, a community-based participatory landscape architecture firm working in Los Angeles, the Bay Area and California’s National Parks.  Shared Spaces combines community organizing, facilitation and landscape design to enable residents and stakeholders to participate in every step of creating their own landscapes, making them “co-designers” and “co-owners” prepared to steward their landscape into the future. The firm works only on public and non-profit projects, focusing primarily on projects in park-poor low-income communities. The firm works in Spanish and English and has decades of experience in African-American, Latino, Asian-American and multi-cultural communities.

Steve was a community organizer for 13 year, before becoming a participatory designer.  He organized grassroots electoral campaigns from Manhattan to Los Angeles, including serving as Jesse Jacksons 1988 New Hampshire Campaign Manager.  He helped low-income residents build over 100 multi-cultural, multi-lingual tenant and community organizations in Southern California.  Often working in Spanish, Steve became expert at recruiting and developing community leaders, building multi-cultural leadership teams and creating accessible participatory processes.  He became a nationally recognized organizing and facilitation trainer.  As more and more organizing efforts focused on who controlled and designed space, Steve recognized landscape architecture as an accessible set of tools residents could use to create beautiful places that would nurture their families and communities.

Steve received his MLA from University of California, Berkeley, graduating with the ASLA Honor Award and a National ASLA Award of Merit for his masters thesis.  His team won the Gold Metal and ASLA Award at the 2003 San Francisco Garden Show. As a graduate student and for three years after graduation, Steve was a Switzer Fellow, a national scholarship supporting the application of science (and design) to critical environmental issues.  Steve taught the Graduate Thesis Seminar in the UC Berkeley Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Since 2003, Steve has built Shared Spaces as a firm focused on the participatory design of parks and open space for underserved communities and public environmental learning centers.  He has facilitated over 200 design workshops ranging from outdoor meetings in alleys in East LA to a 26 session, 5 year processes in Yosemite National Park.   He regularly conducts workshops simultaneously in Spanish and English and is acutely aware of the need to facilitate directly in each participant’s primary language.  In each project, Steve seeks to engage the full diversity of users in creating their own environment from the site selection through long term stewardship, so that the place they make truly reflects their personality and culture and deeply serves their needs as they develop overtime.


TIMOTHY COLLINS

Timothy Collins, PhD. is an Assistant Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. His research interests include environmental policy, land use, sustainable rural education, and rural community development. He has authored numerous articles and reports and is a frequent contributor to Daily Yonder and book reviewer for Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society.



KATHLEEN DORGAN

Kathleen Dorgan, AIA, LEED-AP, principal of Dorgan Architecture & Planning in Storrs CT, and an adjunct member of the faculty at Roger Williams University, is a practitioner of comprehensive sustainable community development. Trained in architecture (Rensselaer) and urban planning (Pratt), she contributes to the development of incremental strategies for neighborhood-renewal and community-building. Her projects are featured in Good Neighbors: Affordable Family Housing, The Design Advisor, and Design Matters and the National Building Museum’s exhibit Affordable Housing: Designing an American Asset. Chair of the AIA Housing Knowledge Community and past-president of the Association for Community Design, her areas of expertise include participatory and green design.

During a Loeb Fellowship she conducted research on community design. As a HUD Community Builder Fellow she coordinated Livability, University Partnerships, Homeownership, Healthy Homes, Brownfield Redevelopment and Smart Growth Initiatives. During her tenure as Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Improvement Corporation in Albany NY over 1500 buildings were renovated or constructed and a rich variety of programs for area residents and merchants were developed. Ms. Dorgan is active in volunteer groups and is a frequent speaker, instructor and writer about design and community renewal. She is a member of the Design School at Harvard’s Alumni Council and UMASS’ Architecture + Design Advisory Council.

 

DAVID A. DRISKILL

David A. Driskill, AIA, LEED AP holds a post-professional degree from Catholic University, Washington D.C. in urban design, and a professional degree in architecture from Texas Tech University. He is the director of Urban Tech, the downtown center for the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University. Urban Tech is one year old and is engaged with the City of Lubbock, the Central Business District Tax Increment Finance Board, and the Louise H. Underwood Center for the Arts in envisioning a transformed and viable downtown Lubbock. Urban Tech is engaged with the public as a participant in the First Friday Art Trail, which brings 4,000 people to the city center each month. Prof. Driskill practiced architecture and urban design in Washington D.C. and Houston, Texas for fifteen years prior to 1987, when he accepted a position at Texas Tech University to teach urban design. He served as associate dean for the College from 2001 - 2009.


THOR ERICKSON

Thor joined CDCP in September 2011 as the Community Programs Manager.  A native of Denver, Thor received a B.A. in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and earned a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati.  His experience is extensive and varied, including time as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Thor chose to work for CDCP because he believes in CDCP’s mission of promoting livable and sustainable communities in the region and continuing the trend of Pittsburgh being the one of the “most livable cities” in the country.


DAVID FLORES

David is a graduate of The University of Arizona (B. of Architecture), with over fifteen years of experience in the field. David was awarded the Frederick P. Rose Architectural Rose Fellowship through The Enterprise Foundation (2001-2004).  David’s focus is to assist the agency with its goal of providing well designed, community integrated affordable housing for the community. He also organizes and directs the community forum called “San Ysidro – Sin Limites/Unlimited” that was created (in January 2002) to discuss housing and community development issues. In addition, he assists with evaluating all of the Casa Familiar facilities for improvements through identifying funding sources, contracting and directing the upgrade/rehabilitation work done on those facilities.

David was also successful in organizing a four day event called “Border Dialogues” that presented a panel of 13 urban planners and designers with community development issues, residential and business working sessions, and recommendations for the development of the San Ysidro Border restructuring (2004). This project was funded through a National Endowment for the Arts grant. David was part of the U.S. General Services Administration, Community Representative Committee assisting in garnering community input for the re-design of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry and was invited to serve on two selection panels for artist selection of GSA’s Art in Architecture Program for two U.S.-Mexico Border Stations. David also served in the San Ysidro Community Planning Group as chair (2004 -2009) and in June 2009 was appointed by the Mayor and Council of Chula Vista to the Board of Directors for the Chula Vista Redevelopment Corporation. David has also completed a two-year research study in collaboration with San Diego State university on the first ever air quality analysis for the border community of San Ysidro.


ALFRED FRAIJO

Alfred Fraijo is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group in Sheppard Mullin's Los Angeles office. He is a leader of the firm’s Latin America Practice Group, a global initiative to provide specialized legal representation to Hispanic/Latino-owned companies and companies focused on the U.S. Latino market. Mr. Fraijo has significant experience in obtaining and negotiation land use entitlements for complex housing and mixed use development projects throughout California, including advising clients with innovative, urban renewal projects in the inner-city and other sectors with emerging markets. His real estate and land use expertise extends to transmission towers permitting, green energy facilities development and permitting educational campuses for charter schools. Mr. Fraijo advises public and private sector clients on state and federal land use and environmental laws, including the Subdivision Map Act, California Community Redevelopment Law, California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, CERCLA, RCRA, California Superfund Law and the Polanco Redevelopment Act. Mr. Fraijo also has significant experience in working closely with clients and consultants on due diligence review of land use issues, which includes local zoning ordinances, general plans, redevelopment agency plans, and related land use restrictions.



STEPHEN GOLDSMITH

Stephen Goldsmith is a craftsman, sculptor and the founder of Artspace, an NGO that has developed affordable live/work space, childcare and educational facilities, and incubator space for non-profit agencies in Salt Lake City since 1980. His work evolved across disciplines including his design collaborations on The Seven Canyon Fountain in Liberty Park, the day lighting of the real City Creek below Memory Grove,  becoming the first artist/planning director for a major U.S. city where he served in that role during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and leading a national architectural fellowship program. During the Olympics he produced an international exhibition and symposium titled, The Physical Fitness of Cities: Vision and Ethics in City Building in collaboration with Moshe Safdie and Samina Queraeshi. He's currently an Associate Professor at the University of Utah's College of Architecture + Planning, and is the University’s Professor for Campus Sustainability. He’s Director of The Center for the Living City, an organization founded in 2005 with the support and encouragement of Jane Jacobs. His book What We See: advancing the observations of Jane Jacobs, co-authored with Lynne Elizabeth won the Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Prize in 2010.


ANNE-MARIE LUBENAU

Anne-Marie Lubenau, architect, educator and advocate for excellence in design and planning, led the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (CDCP) to be recognized for its innovative programs and practices, while advocating effectively for community participation and better design and planning in Pittsburgh.

Anne-Marie has worked at the intersection of people and place, helping individuals and communities understand and participate in the process of design. In private practice, Anne-Marie has worked to renovate abandoned and historically significant properties into affordable and supportive housing facilities. She has developed courses on the built environment. As Chair of the Pittsburgh Civic Design Coalition, she provided testimony about major development projects in downtown Pittsburgh and co-authored editorials that drew attention to design and planning issues. Anne-Marie has served on the City of Pittsburgh’s Design Review Committee and the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University.

During her Loeb Fellowship, Anne-Marie will explore the influences of history, culture and leadership on cities’ attitudes towards planning and design. She is interested in how these influences affect public policy and elected leaders, particularly in cities that are undergoing transformational change, and will focus on ways of increasing civic dialogue and community engagement.


SHERRY MCKIBBEN

Sherry McKibben is University of Idaho Associate Professor of Architecture and has been Director of the University of Idaho’s Idaho Urban Research and Design Center (IURDC) in Boise since 2000. Under her supervision architecture students and faculty of the Center have worked these past 12 years on numerous urban and community design projects with Treasure Valley communities. She founded UI Integrated Design Lab and now collaborates with Director Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg to assist and educate building professionals and promote green building and energy efficiency. 

Sherry is a founding partner, architect and urban designer with the 14 year old Treasure Valley architecture and urban design firm of McKibben + Cooper Architects. McKibben + Cooper Architects specializes in architecture, urban design, green building and site technologies, and master planning. Their projects integrate smart growth concepts with the green design concepts of solar access, “green streets,” green roofs, energy and water conservation, and sustainable materials. The firm has just completed the new 1400 acre Harris Ranch transit oriented development plan, the Downtown Caldwell Plan and Revitalization Strategy which calls for “day-lighting” of Indian Creek through downtown with public environments, and the Barber Park building, a LEED certified green building with the first modern 'green roof' in Idaho. Sherry contributes time and energy to Idaho Smart Growth as a board member, has been president of the American Institute of Architects Idaho Central Section, founding member of the Idaho Chapters of the USGBC and Urban Land Institute. She recently won a TWIN (Tribute to Women and Industry) for her civic contributions.

 

KATHERINE MELCHER

Katherine Melcher is an assistant professor in the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design.  She is a licensed landscape architect with fifteen years of experience in community-based development and design.  Her research interests include the social impacts of design, community-based design processes, and design’s role in community development.

Prior to joining the University of Georgia, she was Design Director at Urban Ecology, a nonprofit based in the San Francisco Bay Area that specializes in community-based design.  Other community-based projects she has worked on include: land use and park planning in San Diego, post-tsunami construction in Thailand, and community forestry in Togo.  She received her B.A. in sociology from Vassar College and her M.L.A. from Louisiana State University.


CEARA O'LEARY

Ceara O’Leary is an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) in Detroit, Michigan. Upon joining DCDC in January 2012, Ceara began work on the Bloody Run Creek Greenway Redevelopment Project, a sustainable neighborhood revitalization project driven by the daylighting of a historic waterway. Most recently, she managed the coordination of a series of citywide Community Conversations with the ambitious Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning effort, led in part by DCDC director Dan Pitera.

Prior to joining the Rose Fellowship, Ceara worked as a Community Designer with Dallas-based bcWORKSHOP, setting up a satellite office in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and contributing to a community-based planning project in eight colonias across Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. From 2010-2011, Ceara was the inaugural Public Design Intern at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) in Biloxi, Mississippi. During her time with the GCCDS, Ceara worked on community design and development projects in collaboration with local stakeholders along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Such projects included streetscape planning, stormwater gardens, bike routes, homestead restoration, educational outreach and elevated single-family home design.

Ceara graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 with Masters degrees in Architecture and City & Regional Planning. Her dual-degree thesis research investigated cross-sector collaboration in post-Katrina community design efforts along the Gulf Coast. She earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University, with an honors thesis focusing on alternative solutions to low-cost housing on the California-Mexico border. Ceara is a LEED Green Associate and the 2010 winner of the Sandy Hirshen Prize for Socially-Responsible Architecture at UC Berkeley.


DAVID PERKES

David Perkes is an architect, Associate Professor for Mississippi State University and the founding director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS), a professional outreach program of the College of Architecture, Art + Design.  The design studio was established soon after Hurricane Katrina and is providing planning and architectural design support to many communities and non-profit organizations.  The design studio has assisted in the renovation of hundreds of damaged homes and over fifty new house projects in East Biloxi.  The Biloxi house projects were awarded an Honor Citation from the Gulf States Region AIA in 2007.  Before creating the GCCDS, David was the director of the Jackson Community Design Center and taught in the School of Architecture’s fifth year program in Jackson, Mississippi.  Under his leadership the Jackson Community Design Center received numerous awards, including a Mississippi AIA Honor Award for the Boys and Girls Club Camp Pavilion.  A Jackson Habitat for Humanity house was selected by the “Show Your Green” recognition program and featured on the AIA Design Advisor.  David was selected as the designer from Mississippi in January 2004 issue of International Design.  In 2004 David was awarded a Loeb Fellowship from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


DAN PITERA

Dan Pitera is a political and social activist masquerading as an architect. He is presently the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. With the view that "design" is an essential force in establishing human relations, the Design Center is dedicated to fostering university and community partnerships that create inspired and sustainable neighborhoods and spaces for all people. The Design Center provides not only design services but also empowers residents to facilitate their own process of urban regeneration.

Mr. Pitera was a 2004-2005 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. Under his direction since 2000, the Design Center was included in the US Pavilion of the 2008 Venice Biennale in Architecture and recently was awarded the 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Design Excellence for the St. Joseph Rebuild Center in New Orleans. The Design Center has also been the awarded the 2002 Dedalo Minosse International Prize. In 1998, Mr. Pitera was the Hyde Chair of Excellence at the University of Nebraska. He has lectured and taught extensively throughout the North America, South America, and Europe.


JOHN POROS

John Poros is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. He is currently the director of the Carl Small Town Center, a community design and outreach component of the school. He is also the former director of the Educational Design Institute, a research center to improve school design. Before joining the faculty at Mississippi State ten years ago, Prof. Poros worked with the architecture firm of Kieran Timberlake Associates in Philadelphia for seven years. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Philadelphia College as well. Prof. Poros received his Masters of Architecture Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.


ERIC SHAW

As Vice President of Programs and Policy at Foundation for Louisiana, Eric leads all of the Foundation’s programmatic initiatives, including grantmaking, advocacy, support, and policy work. Prior to his position with the Foundation for Louisiana, Eric was Director of Community Planning for the Louisiana Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit. During his term as Director, he cultivated partnerships with local planning agencies, managed a $10M grant program dedicated to community resiliency and supported recovery programs for more than fifteen parishes in northern and central Louisiana. Prior to his work with Louisiana’s Office of Community Development, Eric worked as a program officer with the renowned Silicon Valley Community Foundation where he contributed to the development of land use and transportation planning grantmaking strategies and managed a neighborhood grants portfolio. Eric has also served as Deputy Director for Policy at the Growth Partnership, an initiative of the Collins Center for Public Policy. There, he designed programs and policies devoted to transit-oriented development and regional strategies for social equality.


TRINITY SIMONS

Trinity Simons directs the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship. Prior to joining Enterprise, she was project manager of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and National Vice President of the American Institute of Architecture Students. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Association for Community Design and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Architectural Accrediting Board, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the DC chapter of the American Institute of Architects. With the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, her design work won a Progressive Architecture Citation and a Boston Society of Architect’s Unbuilt Design Award, as well as being published in Architect Magazine and Architecture Boston. Her graduate work won an Outstanding Student Planning Award from the American Planning Association. She has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


JAMES WHEELER

James Wheeler, Intern architect and President, Association for Community Design. James serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Association for Community Design. He is currently a Faculty Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Center for Rural Design. He worked for five years at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio based in Biloxi, Mississippi. He has been a guest lecturer and visiting instructor at the University of Minnesota and teaches a course entitled “Exploring Uncertainty: Community Design and Public Interest Architecture” working with local design organizations and professionals to give students a view into needs-based practice.


JASON WHEELER

Jason Wheeler is an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow with Color Country Community Housing, Inc. in St. George Utah.  As a Rose Fellow, Jason works principally with improving the energy efficiency of homes constructed through Rural Development’s Mutual-Self-Help housing program.  He is currently leading the design and development of office space and supportive housing units for the Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation, a center which provides long-term shelter and assistance for victims of domestic violence, and assisting with the development of a 56 unit affordable senior housing complex in St. George.

Prior to joining the Rose fellowship, Jason worked with Interland Architecture Paysage et Urbanisme in Lyon France.  Jason’s work at Interland included developing an award-winning prefabricated building system used to house artisan small-business incubators in southern France.  In 2007, he worked as project manager for the University of Illinois Solar Decathlon Team, overseeing the construction of a small solar-powered home as part of the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition in Washington D.C.  Jason completed his Masters of Architecture degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and previously completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management at Brigham Young University.


MAGGIE WINTER

Maggie has lived and worked in numerous cities along the Pacific Coast, including Seattle and San Francisco. With the prospect of working in a new context, she enthusiastically joined the bcWORKSHOP team in Brownsville. Maggie is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, with a degree in Environmental Studies, focused on policy and justice in development practices. Her work for an affordable housing developer in the Bay Area formalized Maggie's desire to work within the context of building design and led her to the M.Arch program at the University of Washington. After graduating in 2011, she taught, fabricated and built display systems, and participated community-based art installations. By working in Brownsville, Maggie skills continue to be challenged and her understanding of the interplay between community development, environmental design, and quality of life continue to develop.


DAVID WOODMAN

David was a born and raised in Salt Lake City. He studied Building Construction at Salt Lake Community College for two years, and spent four years working as a sub contractor doing finish carpentry and millwork on both residential and commercial projects. In addition, he studied Urban Planning and Geography at the University of Utah for six years.

David has spent the last 34 years at ASSIST Incorporated coordinating the Emergency Home Repair Program and currently serve as ASSIST’s Director of Housing Repair. He has a sincere affection for old buildings and old people, considering his job a labor of love. In addition to meeting with clients and working with contractors to solve critical home repair problems, he is certified to assess lead based paint hazards in rehabilitation and repair work and is a certified energy auditor. The ongoing maintenance of these credentials has enabled David to better respond to environmental concerns with the most current best practices available.

He shares his home with his wife and two cats, practices Ashtanga Yoga and is a lifelong desert rat/prospector. He rides a Harley Davidson and drives a 1955 Chevrolet.

 

 
 
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